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Riga radness!

Ed, of Rajon TV (whose LIVE has presented some of the past productions before, here), keeps going strong in terms of skate activism and coverage of the Riga, Latvia scene, as exemplified today with this VX-1000 recap of the latest local Go Skateboarding Day to date, masterfully orchestrated from the looks of things and that's in spite of the quarantine-related restrictions in place, that have mostly been lifted for a few weeks now but still technically forbid social gatherings and insist on enforcing a two-meter (that's six feet) distance in between individuals, ideally. While we're not especially encouraging you to break such measures (like, at all), here, everyone involved in the event lived it like the release it probably was or so it appears, given the frenetic assault those D.I.Y. constructions - an initiative by Fricis Štrauss via Clockwise Skateshop - received throughout the day, complementing original, organic spots that already look crazy enough to begin with. As usual coming from them guys, the sincerity of their passion for skating can be felt through the intricacies of the edit and in terms of productivity over just a few hours, nobody even thought of slacking because really, why should you? The resulting edit makes for one more incentive to go visit and skate Riga, as though such a thing would be needed - and the best thing is, no need to wait a year for the next similar event to do just that - unless one's into that very slackin'!

Gatekeepin'

Just a handful of weeks after "KINK", skate filmmaker Kyle Madden is back with "GATE", a new edit filmed in San Francisco featuring some new heads here, but also some familiar (and more soon-to-be-familiar?) ones - such as, once again, Bobby Groves. Three minutes of H.D. footage only asking to hit your retinas, while Kyle in person recounts his knack for Bay Area-scented video titles.

"'GATE' is in reference towards San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge. I'm trying to keep the titles all S.F.-related - for example, 'KINK' is related to Kink Castle in the City, where the famous spot three-up-three-down is, as that building was once home to the eponymous adult film studios..." - Kyle Madden

Abstract

In the same timeless, classic vein as "CLOSURE", the video retrospective of Dan Wolfe's works throughout the years that LIVE also shared recently, but with a more accute emphasis on the Philadelphia and New Jersey scenes this time (with some San Francisco still thrown in the mix for good measure), and far less renowned: that is "ABSTRACT", by Vern Laird. That first video effort of his came out just in time for the beginning of the twenty-first century after having been filmed (on both a VX-1000 and a VX-3) between 1997 and 1999, and judging from the impeccable roster, Vern knew the right talents to pick: bear witness to just that, a historical section by Tim Achille (for the longest time, the only one available online), a part for Rich Adler then in developing embryo form, an insane friends section featuring all the epoch's monarchs (from Bobby Puleo to Jake Rupp without forgetting about Tony Cox, Josh Kalis and Stevie Williams - already an iconic duo, Brian Wenning, Andre Page, Pat Corcoran, A.J. Mazzu, Sergei Trudnowski, Will Harmon or even Rob Pluhowski...), accompanying footage of quite the speedy, aggressive yet original Damian Smith and of Brennan John, claiming the curtains to a Bad Brains song. Oh and Vern has his own segment, too! All for a VHS that only came in five hundred copies, and the content of which only just recently reached the shores of the Internet. Now, what a relief for the culture!

Lottery alert!

The works of Logan Matthews, LIVE has introduced you to them before - not long ago, actually - namely with "LUCK OF THE DRAW", one very tasteful San Francisco edit demonstrating Logan's smooth VX-1000 skills. Well now, barely a few weeks later, he's still busy with - and on - Lottery and the soberly entitled "LOTTERY. MIA", another new video production, directly bears witness to just that, this time consisting in footage stacked in Miami, Florida. The style remains just as impeccable on either side of the lens, and the line-up here consists in Josh Narvaez, Hal ScarboroughMikey HigueraBrian Powderly, Eric Torres and Marcus Levi, with Mikey Bueso occasionally helping with filming duties. This new clip packs one groovy punch, the vibe is just as refined to the beat of both some damn good music and the staccato of the urethane wisely embracing the urban textures - and whoever doesn't feel like instantly getting on their board upon its viewing has to be a lost cause of sorts!

Select all players!

Eric Nguyen, whose talents - Sony VX-1000 in hand - no longer need an introduction (or if they do, then feel free to check out his past productions here), is back with "SLOPES": just short of eight minutes filmed in between his Texas home and San Francisco that honor both Select Skateshop and the Black Lives Matter movement (represented by several organizations whose respective websites are linked to in the YouTube description of the edit). There, one gets to see the usual suspects again - including Ben Havran and Kyle Cielencki to name just two out of many more, but also some of the kings of the Bay Area hills: Ben GoreRyan BarlowChris Athans and even Magenta Japanese flow rider Futoshi Tokuyama - who, from the looks of it, was really set on making the most of his S.F. vacation! Also worth mentioning: the appearance of a certain Fred Gall...

Eric's productivity being particularly upbeat, it can even exceed our workflow at LIVE sometimes - therefore we strongly encourage you to check out his YouTube channel to catch up with his recent activity - and more edits such as "CURFEW", for instance!

(215-)867-5309

For those of you still hungry for Theories of Atlantis content despite the very recent drop of the first ever Picture Show Studios montage by Josh Stewart, this time, it is filmer Jake Todd's turn to present "DIAL 215" for wheel brand Dial Tone (also brillantly backed up in the task by a handful of colleagues). Here, we're talking four minutes worth of VX-1000 featuring Philadelphia as the portrayed playground of choice, and canvas-meets-punching bag for talents such as Mark Del Negro, Neil Herrick, Kris Brown but also Kevin Liedtke and Tyler Dietterich, apparently not tired in the slightest from their performance in the aforementioned Picture Show edit. And then there's a new addition to the crew: Shawn Macmillan, the new am for Dial Tone, straight out of Boston. The whole piece is really well made and one can only notice how, in the year twenty twenty and despite many comparable miles under the trunk, KRS-One's conscious rap is still as fitting as ever when it comes to complementing the noise skateboards are known to make!

Couchbuilders

If quarantine was spent locked down on the couch for some, almost ironically, the Couch Raiders' interpretation of the situation was one less passive and more constructive - literally, as their C.E.O. and Polish filmmaker Michał Buśko of Half A Brain Productions, now residing in Manchester, U.K., involved a whole crew into building a D.I.Y. spot of their own, just around the next street corner. And what a spot! "THE SHORT HAZARD STORY" recaps the bunch of frenetic sessions that went down alongside the evolution of the project, and intertwines that footage with fun narrative elements (in a style that can be reminiscent of "BLOKES", the recent video production out of South London by Ed Hubert). Thus, it's multiple forms of grinding that's really being highlighted here, for five minutes musically orchestrated by Szwed Sed, complete with lens hits aplenty - life goes on, after all, that's for sure!

Now for even more Couch Raiders, feel free to revisit their past video output, conveniently available here!

Pop-orama

With summer, The Pop homies find their color back! At least a chunck of them… For one of those punchy edits they are known for, filmed on their home turf, and therefore full of those bloody bricks, the one that hurt your ears rolling on, and this time hurt your eyes from how red they are!

At the drive-in

Picture Show Studios is the new deck company recently initiated alongside Theories for your soft goods-related needs by Josh Stewart - the man behind the "STATIC" videos - and his friends (of Theories Of Altantis, the N.Y.C.-based independent skate distribution platform - can you still keep up?). The enterprise bears the strength of supporting names that otherwise regularly fly under the mainstream radar, such as the ones of Taylor Nawrocki or John Baragwanath - something the two minutes of VX-1000 footage accompanying its public reveal only bears witness of! Special mention for John's apparent ease on that ollie up, then nollie backside heelflip down applied at quite the unpractical spot for this type of maneuver.

$3.29

LIVE has already introduced you to Wes Allen and his approach to the VX-1000 with "SALVAGE TITLE" (alongside an interview with the man himself), a video production for which he had chosen to orientate his focus towards the outskirts of San Francisco rather than the heart of the City. Well, with this new clip: "$3.29", a fresh balance is found as now, in addition to the cutty - when not downright unpractical - spots, one can also feel the wind of S.F.'s residential areas with its near infinity of hills, and the rumble of the bricks paving the downtown area. The video wraps up on some Paris clips too - leading the viewer to expect even more exciting things coming soon, maybe?

Let's rock!

We already warned you whilst presenting "SUGUS": "GRRRND ZERO" is the new project by Julien Paccard, already the author of "COLOR FOOLS" which LIVE broadcasted half a decade ago, no less. Now, we're talking about an audiovisual production in the most literal sense of the term as in addition to the skate footage, the soundtrack is also home-made by Tommy Buder, and the multimedia aspect of the whole deal also takes a new dimension in how the focus is over the patient documentation of the textures skateboarders use and abuse, over an emphasis on individual prowess with little room for context. In every clip (because yes, this is a series), everybody just skates together - with the type of surface glided over as one common denominator.

Today, we're featuring "ROCK", the clip with an emphasis on, well, stone textures. In between many a performer, the wisest of watchers will instantly recognize Dino Coce, whose part in "TABULA RASA" LIVE presented here a few weeks back - DVD's are still available - beanplanting around Berlin. But Julien has been dropping some others too - respectively dedicated to mosaicwood and marble spots - and is about to release more on his personal website, daily, throughout this whole week. So keep your eyes peeled!

"NANTESLAJOLIE" / HY Skatebag / PREMIERE

The mighty fine, youthful roster of HY Skatebag, the French brand LIVE has already been featuring quite a few times upon the respective releases of video productions such as "PAR-HY" or "PLUS BELLE LA HY" (we even interviewed one of its C.E.O.'s, Paul Austinhere), is back on your screens y'all, and once again thanks to the filmmaking talents of Julien Dellion who just so happens to live in Nantes, France - and that's exactly where the whole plot takes place this time, for the entire duration of the seven minutes this new edit runs for.

Answered the call of the board, in addition to Paul himself: Alex Richard, P.J. ChapuisVictor CampilloFlorian MertenMatisse BancVictor Cascarigny and Fred Plocque-Santos aka. Yeah Le Yeah... But not just 'em:

"The original idea was to go and skate a city that's notoriously under the mainstream radar.

Julien Dellion lives in Nantes, so picking the destination was easy! And we even managed to get a Thibaud Fradin clip!" - Paul Austin

The photo gallery above is by Clément Chouleur, of Déjà Vu.

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